Tyres, Wheels and Tracking
Hopefully our FAQ section has answered some of the questions you may have changing tyres and wheels. However, if you would like more information, we have the produced the following guide and video to help you understand the subject in greater detail.
Flat tyres and damaged wheels are extremely common problems encountered by drivers in the UK.
Having a tyre changed is one of the most simple services to be performed on a car and you can even carry out the job yourself if you know what you’re doing.
A burst tyre can be caused by; a nail puncture, hitting a curb with force, running over a pothole or anything which would cause high impact.
However if your tyres do burst, its doesn’t always mean that you have to get a replacement as many modern cars are fitted with a sealant repair kit.
This kit allows a mechanic or a driver to seal the broken area of a wheel instead of having to buy a brand new one.
It is advisable to consult an expert if you aren’t sure about sealing a tyre as a botched attempt will not reslove the issue.
Changing a tyre
If you do decide to change a wheel for yourself it is vital that you keep in mind the following points;
If you can help it, never change a tyre on the hard shoulder of a motorway or close to traffic.
Don’t replace a tyre while your car is on inconsistent ground
Never change a tyre while there are passengers in the car
Never get under a car while it is raised on a jack
Only use a jack on the specified jacking points on the car
Always consult your owners manual
Ensure your spare is fully inflated with the right pressure
Keep a jack in your car
Try to minimise the amount of time the vehicle is raised
Turn your engine off and your hazards on
Apply the handbrake
It is also important to keep in mind that if you are fitting a spare wheel, it is unlikely to be a like for like replacement.
Spare tyres can often be specialised for temporary use and are known as ‘skinny spares’. They have restrictions on use and are typically restricted to running at 50mph.
Some dashboard lights will turn on if the skinny spare is in place as ABS, traction control and some automatic gearboxes will not work with the new unit.
If you use a skinny spare it is important that you have it replaced with a proper tyre as soon as possible as it is not safe to drive with one permanently fitted.
The metallic wheel which the tyre raps around can also become damaged by potholes and bumps on the road.
Key symptoms of a damaged wheel include
Bulging in the sidewall area of the tyre
Visible denting, rust or leakage
Axle or suspension failure
Vibration or deflation of tyres
If you have a damaged or cracked wheel it’s essential that you have it replaced as soon as possible otherwise it could cause damage to the rest of your car.
Many garages provide extensive pothole damage repair as it is such a common problem, they can also straighten bent wheels and improve their alignment.
Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we simplified the process.
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